Fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing: The challenge of evidence-based practice

Samuel Porter

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This article reconsiders the fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing in light of the challenge of narrowempirics in the formof evidence-based practice. Objections to the dominance of evidence-based practice are reviewed, and the reasons for it are examined. It is argued that it is partially the result of weaknesses in the alternative patterns of ethical, personal, and esthetic knowing, the ineffability of which compromises accountability. This ineffability can be countered only by introducing a wider form of empirics than countenanced by evidencebased practice into all patterns of knowing, to demonstrate their salience and to make their use in practice transparent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Volume33 (1)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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Impact Factor, 0.82, Q3, Nursing, Cited x26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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